Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween From Swordroll's Blog!

Good morning, Wizards, it's Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Swordroll's Blog!

Halloween is widely celebrated in Wizard101 as one of the favorite Holidays around! Besides the renowned Halloween Towers, there's Spooky Bob, Halloween drops and items, Halloween quests, and this year they surprised us with something - the Nightmare Pack!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Top 10 Instances, Halloween is Almost Over, the Nightmare Pack is Retiring, and Unicorns

I've been waiting for some time to post this top ten, but I wanted it to include not just my opinions, but those of other wizards around the spiral. With this in mind, I set up a poll asking users what their favorite instance was and why. I wanted to survey at least 100 wizards, and I just made my goal: 104! So here they are, the top ten instances!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Keys to a Successful Website, Black Panther Mount, and Abracadoodle #85

Keys to a Successful Website... of course it had to have a cheesy graphic!

So what exactly are some key points of a good website, where did I get them, and why should you read them? There are several area in which you search credibility. These points fit into the follow four categories: Authority, Accuracy, Currency, and Objectivity.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Epic Bundle is Retiring, J. Todd Coleman's Message, and Save on Membership

We're a little light on news today, nothing major, but here's a look into what's yet to come this month on Swordroll's Blog:

  • Top 10 Instances, based on a survey conducted on Wizard101 Central and personal experience, with information of their uses and why they're favorites among the community.
  • A Halloween special which will [hopefully - that's an important word] include an invitation to a small Haunted House to display several of the new items from the Nightmare Pack and other Halloween information from the spiral.
  • Tips and tricks for creating a successful website, including information on what makes a site accurate and user-friendly, plus some comments, concerns, and possibly awards for fantastic fansites and blogs that stand out in the community!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Shadow Weavers Return

The Shadow Weavers return!

The third image has been released, and so much is no revealed! The image is of a fortress of some sort that fits the theme of these last images. Two wizards are out on their way with Shadow Weavers peeking behind some sort of ancient archway, thus revealing this as the next world in the Morganthe storyline. Even more shocking (spoiler alert) is the phrase: "Find her there." This means that we'll be encountering Morganthe! Here's the picture:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mystery Content Teasers, Week Five Winner, Site Additions, and Other News

I've been gone all weekend, but rest assured that I'm here to offer all the latest news ans updates! First of all, Wizard101 has released an image to Massively of upcoming "content." While this appears to be a new world, Kingsisle has taken measures to create a bit of theorycrafting and such by using the word "content."

The image looks all too much like the new Sun Palace in the now released Super Bundle which comes with all of the following:

  • Enormous Safari Palace
  • War Rhino Mount
  • Great Axe
  • Safari Outfit
  • Pet Giraffe
  • Mystery Teleport Tapestry
  • 1 month or 5000 crowns

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mystery Pet Revealed, New Super Bundles Announced, and One Last Pack

The mystery pet has been revealed! Don't be too excited, I'll come right out and say it - it's a Yellow Elf. A pet that is already known is now being retired.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Nightmare Pack, A New Mega Bundle, Save on Membership, and So Much More!

Kingsisle hit us hard today with a multitude of new objects.As if I wasn't short on crowns already, they introduced the Nightmare Pack, consisting of the usual treasure cards and reagents, but containing all new items. This post is going to basically be an album considering all of the new items!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wizard101 Wins Audience Award, Mystery Pet, Test Realm Updates, "The Unknown Pet Files" Update, Week Four Winners, An Ongoing Bonus, and Feedback Friday

Don't be fooled, this post won't be too long, there's just a lot of topics to cover.

You saw it in the title and if you didn't already know, Wizard101 won the Audience Award at the Game Developer's Choice Online Awards Ceremony for 2011! In the few minutes that Kingsisle was on stage, they covered quite a bit, so take a look at this clip provided by Wizard101 Central!

Of course you're all wondering - when's the pet coming. J. Todd Coleman was correct in saying that they finally figured out how to bribe their players better than the "League Of Legends" guys. League Of Legends won the Audience Award and several other awards last year at the first annual GDC Online Awards. Codes for the mystery pet that will be retired after this event will start arriving next week. Here's the official statement on the mystery pet:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pet Spotlight: Ghost Dragon and a Bonus Opportunity

Today we're focusing in on the Ghost Dragon, the latest Halloween pet. We'll do our spotlight is a question/answer format.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Holiday Backgrounds, Poll Update, and Ten Facts You Might Not Know

Today's post will be relatively short, so don't worry, you won't be stuck on Swordroll's Blog all day reading the latest post.

If you're reading this, you probably noticed a bit of a change in the background. I decided to create backgrounds for holidays, and so here is Halloween's! My screen size is a bit different, and so you may or may not be able to view the entire pumpkin and spiderweb, but they're there.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gear-A-Palooza, Week Three Winner, Discussion of the Day, and Save on Crowns

There's a lot in store for today's blog post:  the recent announcements about Gear-A-Palooza, the Week Three Winner for "Liking" Swordroll's Blog on Facebook with announcements for the contest next week, plus a discussion on pet talents and the perfect "May Cast" pet. You'll also get all of the latest on Wizard101 crowns specials.

It's time for Gear-A-Palooza! Gear, weapons, and amulets are all on sale in the crown shop for up to 50% off the original price! In addition to that, Kingsisle is giving away a FREE set of Barbarian Gear plus you can enter the Design Your Own Gear Contest. Finalists will receive rare, currently unreleased pets, and the winners for both the boys and the girls will get an exclusive poster! Be sure to enter!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Top Five Halloween Hangouts, 10 Halloween Comments, PvP Talk, and Feedback Saturday

Seeing as my one-turn farming of Nightshade is getting quite repetitive, it's time for another blog post with some essential Halloween segments and a bit of PvP Talk. And what's this about Feedback Saturday? It's all here in the latest blog post!

So Halloween time brings lots of new things to do, the quests, for instance, if you hadn't previously completed them. There's farming for both new and old Halloween gear, and plenty of exciting bosses to be fought, but what are the best "hangouts" during Halloween? What location will be both populated and profitable for your character? Where will you find the most people? I've compiled a list of the top five "Halloween Hangouts."

Monday, October 3, 2011

Halloween In Game, "The Unknown Pet Files" Update, and "May Cast Unicorn!"

Halloween is back and in the game with some new surprises! Check them out - you may have won one of Wizard101 Central!

There are NEW PETS in the crown shop! You can buy the Nightmare, the Ghost Dragon, or the Zombie Piggle now in the crown shop. The Zombie Piggle costs 2250 crowns, the Nightmare costs 2500, and the Ghost Dragon costs 3000. You can buy the usual Black Cat from Spooky Bob.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloween is Here, Week Two Winners, and Discussion of the Day

While Halloween isn't actually in the game yet, the contests aren't waiting on Kingsisle, and neither is the excitement! While Kingsisle is very busy with Halloween preparations, they seem to have forgotten some other minor contests like their Weekly Giveaway on Facebook and announcing the winner for the Teleporter Video Contest, both of which should have happened yesterday. Don't worry though, because Kingsisle is doing all they can to make this Halloween something extra special. Not only will you see the Black Cat pet return, the Nightmare will be for sale as well. This Halloween, however, brings the release of a mystery mount, item, and pet as well! How do I know? Wizard101 Central is giving some away for contests as well as crowns, pets, and even Umbra Swords! They have said, however, that they will not be revealed or awarded until Kingsisle has officially announced their release.